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A skateboarder at the Skatepark of Baltimore in Hampden.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Hampden

A skateboarder at the Skatepark of Baltimore in Hampden.
  • By Lisa Snowden-McCray
  • Photos by Andrew Mangum
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If quirky were a place in Baltimore, it would be Hampden. This community got its start as a home for local factory workers. Fast-forward a couple of hundred years, and now it’s home to wine bars, restaurants, art galleries and cute boutiques. If you visit in June, you’ll catch HonFest, a celebration of Baltimore’s kitschiest and campiest. Bundle up and head out during the Christmas season and you can visit the community’s Miracle on 34th Street — an entire block of blingy, flashy, occasionally Baltimore-centric Christmas decorations.

Meet Lisa McCray

Lisa Snowden-McCray is the editor of the Baltimore Beat, an alternate news outlet, and has been reporting about Baltimore since 2003. She’s a Maryland native who attended school just outside the city. She loves a good orange crush.

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Hampden

Bluebird Cocktail Room
This cocktail bar is one of the city’s best. Very cute and very cool, the Bluebird serves drinks inspired by plants and literature.
Bluebird Cocktail Room, 3600 Hickory Ave. Baltimore, Md. 21211
Cafe Hon
This place is quirk central (it’s the home base of HonFest, after all), serving comfort food favorites like crab soup, meatloaf, and chicken and biscuits.
Cafe Hon, 1002 W. 36th St. Baltimore, Md. 21211
Atomic Books
Find stacks and stacks of popular and hard-to-find comic books, zines and toys at this colorful, cozy shop.
Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd. Baltimore, Md. 21211
Nori
You can’t miss Nori, which offers sushi, ramen, noodles and poke bowls — look for the bright green building. Inside, head for the bar and enjoy any number of reasonably priced Korean fusion dishes.
Nori, 850 W. 36th St. Baltimore, Md. 21211
The Charmery
Unexpected flavor combinations and fun names make this place a popular ice cream spot. Try the Maryland Mud or Old Bay Caramel.
The Charmery, 801 W. 36th St. Baltimore, Md. 21211
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Lisa Snowden-McCray
Lisa Snowden-McCray is the editor of the Baltimore Beat, an alternate news outlet, and has been reporting about Baltimore since 2003. She’s a Maryland native who attended school just outside the city. She loves a good orange crush.
Andrew Mangum
Andrew is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Baltimore.
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